Lake Hawea resident Ritchie Hewitt is calling for more
supervision of the Lake Hawea recycling station. Photo by
Lake Hawea residents are on notice - if they do not take
better care of their recycling station, in Domain Rd, the
Queenstown Lakes District Council will do away with it.
The state of the facility at the end of the Easter holiday
was pointed out to the Otago Daily Times by Lake Hawea
resident Richie Hewitt.
The bins for paper, plastic and cans were filled to
overflowing, wasps were feeding on the spilled contents of
bottles and cans, and other rubbish - including old chairs -
was spread around the station.
Mr Hewitt said the problem was not due only to ''cribbies''.
''It's a lot of locals who think they can just throw their
rubbish in any old how because they are ratepayers and they
can do what they like. Well, it's time they were brought to
''The council's already warned us they will take it off us if
we don't behave.''
A council spokeswoman, who did not want to be named, told the
ODT ''ongoing misuse'' of the station ''will inevitably lead
to reconsideration of the service''.
She said the station was installed before the kerbside
collection was introduced at Lake Hawea.
''The council proposed closing the drop-off area but the
community was opposed to such a closure, due to the
convenience of the facility for holiday home people, in
particular. There have been ongoing issues with the use of
the area, especially during busy periods.''
Mr Hewitt was critical of the council for not taking
prosecutions, even when it was presented with evidence of who
was responsible for the station's misuse.
His sympathy lay with the contractors who would have to sort
out the mess, and believed better supervision of the station
Lake Hawea Community Association member Dennis Hughes said
there had been discussions with the council about the station
and it had been ''pretty good'' over the past two or three
He expected the problem lay with holidaymakers, saying at
peak times the station should be cleared more often.
Wanaka Community Board chairwoman Rachel Brown said last week
the community had taken good care of the station over a
period of about eight years but ''lost heart'' when the
council changed its contractor.